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Redesigned by the flames, the Gironde in shock with desolation

A woman walks past a forest ravaged by fires near Pyla-sur-Mer, Gironde, on July 23. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP

REPORT – If the majority of evacuees have been able to return home and the fires are “fixed”, the task is far from over for firefighters and victims.

In recent days, the sky had become silent again, the Canadairs were becoming rarer and the smell of smoke was fading. In La Teste-de-Buch, the “surgical strikes” of water bombers, thousands of liters dropped on smokehouses in the heart of the forest, made it possible to “fix” the fire on Saturday afternoon. It will not extend beyond the 7000 hectares already burned. Near Landiras, where 13,800 hectares of forest were reduced to ashes, the fire was only “contentsSunday evening, according to the authorities. But “the situation continues to improve», Satisfies the prefecture.

Gironde firefighters, relieved to regain the upper hand over these two “monsters”, underline “favorable climatic conditions” of the weekend: lower temperatures, less capricious winds and more humid air. On Saturday, nearly 19,000 people were able to return to their homes, several thousand having been able to do so earlier. At the height of the crisis, nearly 37,000 people…

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